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Donor Government Funding for Family Planning was Essentially Flat in 2015 in Real Terms, Though It Declined When Measured in Current U.S. Dollars

A new Kaiser Family Foundation report finds that donor governments provided US$1.3 billion in bilateral funding for family planning programs in low- and middle-income countries in 2015, essentially matching 2014 levels in real terms (after accounting for exchange rate fluctuations and inflation). In current U.S. dollars, however, 2015 funding was 6 percent below the 2014 level, largely due to the appreciation of the U.S. dollar.

When measured in their currency of origin, the report finds five donors actually increased funding, while three donors decreased, and two donors remained flat.

The U.S. was the largest donor, providing US$638 million, or nearly half of all bilateral funding for family planning programs in 2015. The U.K. (US$270 million) was the second largest bilateral donor, followed by the Netherlands (US$166 million), France (US$69 million), and Sweden (US$66 million).

Among the ten donor countries profiled in the analysis, eight made commitments at the London Summit on Family Planning in 2012; seven of the eight are on track towards fulfillment of these commitments.

This analysis is being released at the same time as Family Planning 2020’s (FP2020) annual report on progress toward goals agreed upon at the 2012 London Summit on Family Planning.

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